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Clarence Ashley-Coo Coo Bird - Clarence Ashley Recorded on October 23, 1929 in Johnson City, Tennessee. Greil Marcus describes this tunes as a "folk-lyric" tune "made up of verbal fragments that had no direct or logical relationship to each other." Ashley's banjo is tuned to G-modal, also referred to as Sawmill tuning. Some folklorists note that the cuckoo is an ancient symbol for the coming of summer. Keywords:Music; Acoustic; Country; Old-Time Appalachian; Banjo Tune; 78rpm Downloads: 11,720 (2 reviews)